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Chicago Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography: Bridal Besties

These girls were the dancers for the Chicago Rush so you better believe we were jammin’ to tunes while takin’ pics. Annnnnd they all could be models. Like legit. Could be models. Easiest photo day ever. (:

They have beautiful hearts too. Who upon hours of knowing me agrees to come to my fundraiser? (Check out Invisible Girl Project y’all they’re amazing) This truly needs to become a thing. As in people getting in their wedding gowns with their besties and living it up all over again. This time with no pressure or agenda other than drink a little, laugh a ton, and be grateful for the wonderful marriages & friendships that are still going. If you have a catchy name for it, I’m all ears, cuz I for think I want to do this like everyday.  So far, all I got is bridal besties….(:

You girls couldn’t have been sweeter, more fun, easy-going, and beautiful (inside & out). Thank you for taking a chance on joining a photog in her kitchen for some photos. (:

xoxo- Melissa

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Chicago Newborn Photographer: Meet Baby Carson!

One of the things I love the most about newborn sessions being in people’s homes is the intimacy of it. For baby and mom to both be in good enough health to be home in-and-of-itself is a precious milestone to not take for granted. But to then capture the first days while they’re still the first days (Trust, the cliche’ of you blink and they’ll be grown is all too real!) is something you’ll never get back. In ways when I think about it I get overly nostalgic about time; making the most of it, and savoring while amidst it. Which sounds great, but when that turns to nostalgia of “I’ll never get this moment back” I turn to my personal time capsules: Photos. It helps change my attitude to gratitude. The days that are short and long at the same time are ones that I never want to forget. They are gifts. Our children are gifts. So here’s to staring a little longer at the little fingers and toes. Here’s to “one more snuggle” before bedtime. Here’s to being grateful for the precious gift that has been entrusted to us as parents. And here’s to images that can stop time when we most wish we could.

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

And just like that…We had the last of our 22 mini sessions! And the “last” did not disappoint! They are crazy…hilarious…and FUN! No prompting to be silly needed. They may however need a lint roller or maybe a vacuum as we played pretty pretty hard in those leaves. (:

I asked Zoe who was completely covered head-to-toe with leaves if it was worth it and did she have fun? She smiled and said: “Yeah!”

Love creating fun memories for families that just happen to come out gorgeous. (:

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

I’d say not much as changed but in the three years since I photographed their wedding, they’ve moved out of state, and had two kids! She’s still one of the most naturally beautiful people I photograph. And even with two kids, they’re still super chill and laid-back. They are the type that we hit it off right from the get-go and to this day feel more like friends than clients. So so glad you guys made the stop for photos when coming into town! 

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Chicago Family Photographer: Melissa Marie Photography

This family right here…They’ve got guts. Like move across the country (twice!) with young kiddos brave. The get up at 4AM to workout to maximize your family time type of motivation. People that train for marathons (again, with 3 kids!) like it were a stroll around block. (That’s the All American Athlete genetics for ya but seriously, ridiculously impressive) For as goal oriented as this crew is they are “roll with it” kinda people. Get dirty. Have fun. Be a good sport. Challenge yourself but love others type of people. I know they’d be the first to say, their greatest motivation in life is to Love Jesus above all else. All other goals are a byproduct of doing the first well. Love these peeps.

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